The Washington Times - November 20, 2011, 05:04PM

The good news on the night of Nov. 11 seemed to be that Mike Green didn’t re-injure his right ankle against the New Jersey Devils but instead suffered another lower-body injury that wasn’t terribly serious.

It’s a day-to-day thing, and not a three-week day-to-day thing – an actual day-to-day thing,” Bruce Boudreau said that night.

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The next morning, the Capitals’ coach had a different tone. Asked if missing that night’s game was precautionary, he responded, “He just isn’t able to play tonight.”

Green hasn’t skated since suffering the right groin strain and has missed four more games.

The Caps returned home from an 0-3 road trip for practice Sunday, but Green was again absent.

[His condition] hasn’t worsened. It just hasn’t improved at the rate that we would’ve liked it to have improved,” Boudreau said. “We’re hoping that he skates at some point this week.”

The tone with which Boudreau said that seemed even less optimistic than the one he used the morning after the injury. It is unclear how long Green will be out, as the team is still officially listing him as day-to-day.